Presumed Innocent Review – IGN

In the Spotlight: Jake Gyllenhaal’s Compelling Performance in “Presumed Innocent”

In a stunning display of acting prowess, Jake Gyllenhaal delivers a captivating performance in the Apple TV+ adaptation of Scott Turow’s “Presumed Innocent.” Known for his role as Mysterio in Marvel movies, Gyllenhaal takes on the character of Rusty Sabich, a successful Chicago prosecutor whose life takes a dark turn when a woman he works with is found murdered.

Right from the start, Gyllenhaal immerses viewers in Rusty’s world, showcasing the concept of “innocent until proven guilty” in a courtroom scene. However, as the story unfolds, it becomes clear that Rusty’s life is not as straightforward as he initially presents it to be.

As Rusty’s web of lies begins to unravel, Gyllenhaal’s portrayal of the character’s descent into desperation is both chilling and enthralling. The audience is left questioning Rusty’s innocence, as circumstantial evidence points towards his guilt.

Gyllenhaal’s ability to portray complex and morally ambiguous characters comes to the forefront in “Presumed Innocent.” From his off-putting vibes to his moments of vulnerability, Gyllenhaal keeps viewers on the edge of their seats, blurring the lines between innocence and guilt.

The show challenges viewers to examine the intricacies of the American justice system, prompting them to reevaluate their perceptions of guilt and innocence. As Rusty’s guilt seems more and more apparent, the show forces audiences to confront their preconceived notions and biases.

However, despite Gyllenhaal’s compelling performance, some aspects of the show fall short. The character of Tommy Molto, played by Peter Sarsgaard, veers into cartoonish villainy, detracting from the overall narrative. This dampens the impact of the show’s commentary on justice and celebrity.